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Hennessey Venom GT is unofficially world’s fastest car

February 25, 2014

A new land speed record for a production car has been laid down by Hennessey Performance, with its Venom GT hypercar hitting 435.31km/h at the Kennedy Space Centre in the US.

Hennessey Venom GT-driving

This surpasses the mighty Bugatti Veyron Super Sport as the world’s fastest car. The Veyron recorded a top speed of 431km/h back in 2010 at Volkswagen’s Ehra-Lessien test track.

Although Hennessey Performance is considered a vehicle tuner, it’s also a manufacturer and the Venom GT is regarded as a production car. It does use some body parts from the Lotus Exige, but from there, it’s all custom.

Power comes from an insane 7.0-litre twin-turbo V8 producing around 928kW of power and 1564Nm of torque. In a platform and body that weighs just 1244kg, you can begin to imagine the sort of performance on offer.

Hennessey Venom GT-record

Running at the Kennedy Space Centre, the Venom GT recently ran a top speed run hitting 435km/h. Despite being faster than the Bugatti, in order for it to stand as a Guinness World Record, the run needed to be done in both directions with the average taken as the official speed.

Even so, there’s no denying, this is the world’s fastest car. If Hennessey had access to the huge Volkswagen track, who knows, the car might have had a chance to go even faster.

Brett is the editor and founder of PerformanceDrive. He's obsessed with driving, having played with Matchbox cars until he was tall enough to drive a real one. After initially working as a mechanic, Brett earned a degree in journalism and entered media as an editorial assistant at Top Gear Australia magazine. He then worked at CarAdvice.com.au. His dream is to live next door to the Nurburgring in Germany.

  • RS265PT

    Lotus called they want their design back 😛